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Posted by timothy
from the privacy-vs-curiosity dept.
First time accepted submitter microphage writes "Mark Pilgrim, author of many 'Dive into ...' books and guides, has — as the saying now goes — 'committed infosuicide,' which happily isn't like the real sort. Except it affects the info that you've created. Let's hope Dive Into HTML5 has some sort of permanence."
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  • Re:He's living life (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymus (2267354) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @01:08PM (#37628076)

    This doesn't even relate to taking your hobby blog offline. He didn't just close his social networking accounts, he took every site he ever worked on off the internet.

    "infosuicide" may be a dumb word, but I'd certainly say it's not just "we want more and he's not giving it to us". He wanted to take back everything he had previously given us. That's a bit unusual.

    And the beauty of the internet isn't to move on, it's nearly the opposite of that. Hundreds of people around the world had his stuff saved and are putting it back online even after he tried to destroy it. THAT is the beauty (and ugliness) of the internet.

  • Wikipedia too (Score:5, Interesting)

    by heptapod (243146) <heptapod@gmail.com> on Thursday October 06, 2011 @01:33PM (#37628470) Journal

    He's trying to remove himself from Wikipedia too and has been since 2008 [wikipedia.org]ish.

    For someone who appears to be savvy about computers and online culture it's funny he's unaware of the Streisand effect which is emphasized by the number of mirrors popping up across the internet despite his best efforts for infocide.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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